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Useless Answers to Real Questions #6

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"Why did Shakespeare give so many of his characters names that do not suit their nationality or timeframe? E.g., Juliet is more French than Italian."



— Asked on Quora (Shakespeare Plays, William Shakespeare, English Literature, Literature)


It's not a problem that was unique to Shakespeare. Everyone at the time was having trouble naming things.

To be painfully honest, the baby name web sites and random name generator apps of the Renaissance left a lot to be desired. I mean, seriously: Henry VIII? Louis XIV? How abysmal does the selection have to be if you're going to re-use one name that many times?

— Leonard

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